Last year, My daughter and I gave my husband a bike for Father’s Day. Since then, I have watched wistfully as he and my daughter rode together as I watched from the sidelines. That all changed a few days ago when we FINALLY bought a bike for me as an early Mother’s Day present, thanks to some encouragement from Walmart. We were challenged to spend a gift card on something biking related, and we used it toward the cost of a bike. I chose the $149 Schwinn Clairmont cruising bike, and I couldn’t be happier that I can now join the fun. The fact that the bike is my favorite color (turquoise) and features a gorgeous peacock motif is just icing on the cake!
May is National Bike Month, and here are some great reasons to take up biking with your own family:
1. It’s an INCREDIBLE workout
Let’s face it. These days, with technology as prevalent as it is, most of us are pretty sedentary. The last time I rode a bike with any regularity, I was a teenager in great physical shape. So when I took my new bike out for it’s very first ride, I got a quick reminder about how physically taxing it can be. But you know what? It was the best kind of workout. With the breeze blowing through my hair and my husband and daughter laughing gleefully in front of me, I couldn’t think of a better way to get my heart rate up. Anything that encourages us to be active as a family is an automatic win in my book.
2. It encourages great communication
We live in an apartment complex with a pretty busy parking lot. So even if we stay within the complex and don’t venture out onto any busy metro Atlanta roads, we still have to be alert and vigilant. Our preferred riding positions are for my husband to take the lead, with my daughter in the middle and me bringing up the rear. Biking together encourages us to talk to each other to alert of possible dangers, changes in direction, etc. It encourages us to be clear, concise and respectful of one another — all characteristics of great family communication in general.
3. The wind in your hair
Do I need to explain this one? Plain and simple, it feels like the best kind of freedom, and I love every second of it.
4. It’s great quality time
My husband, daughter and I have pretty diverse interests, and biking is one of those things that we ALL enjoy. When we all can get excited about doing something together, it makes for much better family time than when something is forced upon one of us that we really don’t feel like doing. This is one activity for which none of us has to compromise.
5. Umm. No carbon emissions. Score.
While we haven’t quite worked up to biking to the store yet, we’re getting there. We live in a pretty traffic-heavy area, so biking everywhere may be a safety risk, but there are three grocery stores and two strip malls within safe biking distance. We have every intention of biking back and forth whenever we can to cut back on our carbon emissions as a family.
6. Did I mention it’s just plain fun?
As I mentioned, I had been wanting a bike for years, because my memory told me riding was something I’d want to do often. It’s a great way to get — or stay — in shape, but more than that, I really do enjoy it, and my daughter and husband do, too. We’ve found a great parking lot that is empty during the weekend where we can race, challenge ourselves to bike up steep inclines, etc. I feel like a kid again when I’m riding, so that’s reason enough for me to do it often.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.